Mitch McConnell Stuns America with Announcement on KBJ Vote: He Will Not Support Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee

by Kyle Becker, Becker News:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday he will oppose Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Watch:

McConnell made the announcement despite going into the confirmation process with an “open mind.”

“After studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court,” McConnell said.

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The notoriously calculating McConnell has apparently read the tea leaves and decided that the Republican Party would be ill-served to strike a conciliatory tone with partisan Democrats — even over a Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. John Cornyn had stated earlier that he believed the GOP support for Ketanji Brown Jackson would be “south of three.”

“I think it’s south of three” Republicans likely to support Jackson, said Cornyn. “That’s what happened in her court of appeals hearing. She seems like a very nice lady, and certainly well-accomplished, but I don’t think anybody is under any illusion about how she’s going to line up on the court.”

“KBJ,” as she is called, will nonetheless almost certainly be confirmed along partisan lines. The Democrats have a bare majority in the Senate, including President of the Senate Kamala Harris as the deciding vote if necessary.

The confirmation hearings have nonetheless been poor optics for the Democratic Party on a number of fronts in a midterm election-year that could get extremely messy for their majority party.

Conservatives and independents have expressed concerned about Brown Jackson’s record of being unusually lenient in child pornography cases.

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